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In the booming days of China’s Ming dynasty, the “Three Perfections” of poetry, painting, and calligraphy were praised and those who excelled at all three techniques were considered masters. The latest exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, “Painting With Words,” focuses on intricate ink drawings and elaborate scrolls created from the 14th to the 17th century. Culled from the museum’s extensive collection of work from the Wu School, the show not only showcases the exquisite technique that has been maintained over centuries, it also explains how this art related to all aspects of Chinese life. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to July 24, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)


Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria wants you to “save some dough” this tax day. The U Street NW restaurant will be giving away free wood-fired pizza when you order a negroni. Meanwhile, happy hour specials will be available all night with $5 Peronis, $6 rail drinks, and $6 house red and white wine. Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria, 1212 U St. NW. (202) 735-0525. alphonsedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro performs a lively solo show, filled with original songs and creative covers, at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.

Local rock ensemble Paperhaus celebrates the release of a new single with a show at the Black Cat Backstage alongside CrushnPain, which also performs in conjunction with a new album. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$12.

Prepare for a spooky evening of stories, mysterious happenings, and weather reports when Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt bring the Welcome to Night Vale podcast to the Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $32.50.

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